March 30, 2007

Ford to team up with University of Melbourne for hydrogen engine development in Australia

Victoria, Australia – The Ford Motor Company of Australia has confirmed its support of a long-term research project by the University of Melbourne to study practical hydrogen-fuelled vehicle technologies. The study received an AUS$1.2 million grant from the Victorian State Government yesterday.

Ford will contribute engines and resources to the project which, along with the government grant, will assist with engine and vehicle development. The project will also investigate hydrogen generation and storage technology.

The first stage of the project aims to develop, build and test a hydrogen-fuelled turbocharged Ford six-cylinder engine using Hydrogen Assisted Jet Ignition advanced combustion technology. The long-term research project is scheduled to begin in July.

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